RAC RALLY TO FEA­TURE WELSH STAGES FOR THE FIRST TIME

Clas­sic event goes across the bor­der for first time

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Paul Lawrence

This year’s Roger Al­bert Clark Rally will in­clude spe­cial stages in Wales for the first time in the event’s his­tory.

After a two-year break, the event re­turns in Novem­ber and will start with a Welsh leg on Fri­day Novem­ber 10 be­fore head­ing north for the fol­low­ing three days.

Speaking to MN at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional, Rally man­ager Colin Hep­pen­stall re­vealed that the rally will open with with around 40 stage miles in mid-wales from a base in the Welsh bor­ders.

Satur­day’s route will in­clude the clas­sic York­shire forests be­fore head­ing north and west into Kielder in a day cov­er­ing around 100 stage miles. Sun­day’s route will take in fa­mous stages in south­ern Scot­land be­fore a fi­nal 80-mile leg in the main block of Kielder for­est on Mon­day ahead of a mid-af­ter­noon fin­ish. The draft route con­tains around 280 stage miles.

“We’ve al­ways looked at tak­ing the event into Wales,” said Hep­pen­stall. “Now that we are re-launch­ing the rally on a wider plat­form we felt the time was per­fect to in­clude Welsh stages. We think this will add to the ap­peal for UK crews as well as vis­i­tors from Europe.”

Ne­go­ti­a­tions are on-go­ing with towns and cities for the event start, overnight halts and fin­ish and the route is likely to take in sev­eral spec­ta­tor-friendly spe­cial stage venues in­clud­ing the as­phalt stage at Oliver’s Mount near Scar­bor­ough.

Hep­pen­stall re­ported a busy show as many com­peti­tors made se­ri­ous en­quiries about the event. “The fresh for­mat seems to have re­ally cap­tured every­one’s imag­i­na­tion,” he said.

Roger Al­bert has new route

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